Our counselors and supervisory staff focus on the growth and development of each child at camp. The camp directors are available throughout the summer to answer any questions you have about your child’s experience.
Jason Haber is the Department Director of Children, Youth and Family Services, including Day Camp for the South Hills Branch. Jason grew up in Mt. Lebanon and attended Washington and Jefferson College where he earned his B.A. in Child Development and Education. Jason has worked at JCC camps for six summers, including four summers as a counselor at the JCC South Hills and two as a Unit Head at J&R Day camp in Monroeville. He worked for Pace School in an Applied Behavioral Analysis Classroom for one year as a Behavioral Management Assistant. He also worked as a Math Teacher for Imagine Learning during the school year for three years. Jason will bring experience and enthusiasm to this position as he works to make sure every day is a special experience for you and your family.
Francine Cicco is the Administrative Services Manager for the JCC’s South Hills Branch. She recently celebrated her 20th anniversary at the JCC. She embraces each day at the JCC with the same passion as on her first day. This past summer, she jumped in with both feet (and everything else) and acted as Assistant Camp Director. Francine manages a diverse portfolio of duties including registrar for the South Hills JCC Day Camp and Early Childhood Development Center, children’s programming, and assorted administrative issues. Francine is the mother of two children, Justin and Jamie, who have spent their lives at the JCC, too.
Lewis has served as director at Camp Northland, outside of Toronto, and previously served for four summers as the director of B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp in the Poconos. Lewis, the product of two seasoned JCC professionals, serves on the Executive Leadership Institute of the Foundation for Jewish Camp. He has worked as youth counselor in the Reform movement, the Baltimore Council BBYO director, and the Teen Services Supervisor at the JCC of Houston. He earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Jewish Communal Service from Baltimore Hebrew University.
With 15 years of JCC professional experience, Liza Baron is the Director of Early Childhood Development. Before coming to the JCC in 2000, Liza worked with children in therapeutic foster care. She has a degree in Family and Community Services from the University of Delaware and an M.S.W. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Kathy Wayne, JCC Dance Director, is a graduate of Point Park College with a B.A. in dance. Her professional credits include Tokyo Disneyland, Caesar’s Atlantic City and many productions with the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Meredith has been the Program Development Coordinator for the Children/Teen/Family Division since 2012. In her role, she creates new programming for children and families, supervises the Clubhouse after school program, the Teen and Young Adult Center program, and the Middle and High School Musicals. Meredith also directs the summer Specialty Camps. Prior to working at the JCC, Meredith worked as the site based program director at Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Agency for Jewish Learning as the Director of Teen Initiatives, and as the BBYO Director in Northern Virginia. Meredith graduated from Ohio University and is also a graduate of the prestigious Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute program under the guidance of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Jewish Community Center Association. Meredith lives in Greenfield with her husband, daughter, and their dog.
Marilee worked in the Pittsburgh Public Schools for 30 years as a classroom teacher and mathematics coach. She has served as Educational Director of the Temple Sinai Religious School for 25 years.